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July 22, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- July 22

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 7, Syracuse Chiefs 6 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Nolan Reimold was 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Tides edged Syracuse, 7-6, during an afternoon game at Harbor Park.

Norfolk shortstop Robert Andino and right fielder Rhyne Hughes each contributed two RBIs, while left fielder Jonathan Tucker added a pair of doubles.

Tides starting pitcher Zach Britton allowed four runs (two earned) six hits and three walks in four-plus innings, and relief pitcher Dennis Sarfate (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames for the win.

Designated hitter Michael Aubrey was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the victory for the Tides, while center fielder Matt Angle collected two hits.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Richmond Flying Squirrels 3, Bowie Baysox 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Rick Zagone (1-2) held Richmond to two runs (one earned) and three hits in six innings, but the Baysox were beaten, 3-2, at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney was 3-for-4 in the loss, while shortstop Greg Miclat and right fielder Joel Guzman each contributed an RBI.

Baysox center fielder Danny Figueroa and third baseman Ryan Adams each scored one run, while Figueroa added a stolen base.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4, Frederick Keys 1 (Box score)

Recap: The Keys committed as many errors as they had hits (four) in a 4-1 defeat to Myrtle Beach at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick third baseman Billy Rowell made his 23rd and 24th defensive miscues of the season, while first baseman Buck Britton and shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. each commited one error.

Keys starting pitcher Oliver Drake held the Pelicans to one run and six hits in six innings, and relief pitcher John Mariotti (3-4) suffered the loss after giving up one run and two hits in two frames.

Right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-4 for Frederick.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hickory Crawdads 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 5 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Tyler Townsend was 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run home run, but the Shorebirds dropped a 7-5 decision to Hickory.

Delmarva right fielder Brian Conley added a two-run shot, while left fielder Kieron Pope hit a sacrifice fly in the defeat.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Jesse Beal was touched up for five runs and eight hits in four innings, and relief pitcher Brian Parker (1-1) was charged with two runs and two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 3, Tri-City ValleyCats 0 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Tim Adleman (1-1) picked up his first professional victory as the IronBirds blanked Tri-City, 3-0, at Ripken Stadium.

Adleman struck out seven batters and allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Aberdeen third baseman Adam Gaylord hit a solo home run, and center fielder Trent Mummey was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

First baseman Brandon Snyder was 1-for-4 with an RBI for the IronBirds, while shortstop Sammie Starr added two hits in his professional debut.

Relief pitcher T.R. Keating tossed a scoreless frame for his second save of the season for Aberdeen.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Bluefield Orioles 2, Kingsport Mets 1 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Brenden Webb was 3-for-3 with two triples and an RBI as the Orioles grabbed a 2-1 victory over Kingsport on the road.

Bluefield right fielder Luis Ramirez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while second baseman Moises Ciriaco added a stolen base and a run scored.

Orioles starting pitcher Jacob Petitt (2-2) held the Mets to one run and three hits in six innings, and relief pitcher Andrew Huebner retired all three batters he faced for his first save of the season.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Red Sox 4, GCL Orioles 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Douglas Ferguson (2-2) struck out eight batters in 5 2/3 innings as the GCL Orioles lost, 4-1, to the GCL Red Sox.

Ferguson allowed one run, nine hits and one walk in the defeat.

Orioles first baseman Preston Hale was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while left fielder Jaynnertt Melenciano and catcher Janensis Guerrero each struck out three times.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 11:15 PM | | Comments (8)



Do the Orioles have plans to promote Tyler Townsend up to Frederick this year?

Or Joe Mahoney, that guy is crushing the ball right now!

I agree with you Dennis. Mahoney is a monster at 6'7 and 240 pounds. He should only get better and the good news is it appears he does not strike out very often. Assuming Wiggington is traded by the deadline, I would like to see Mahoney come up sooner rather than later just to see what he can do. At this point, who cares about losses. No one else in Norfolk has done much to deserve the promotion.

Townsend is doing very well and should get a promotion. I also would like to see Conley move up. There is Jacob Julius in Frederick who is doing alright. I would hate to think that he is blocking Townsend, but that appears to be the case. Also, Conley appears to be blocked by Kyle Hudson. I am not sure why there are only 3 outfielders in Frederick, but Conley should get the promotion and move Hudson to the 4th outfield position.

Britton should get promoted soon too I hope. Maybe they just want to give him a few more starts or wait until Millwood or Guthrie are traded to make room. Considering how Matusz, Tillman, Bergensen, and Arrieta have done lately I don't really see what the difference is in giving him a shot. He certainly can't do any worse that's for sure. He is a LHP so maybe that would do some good too.

Don't promote Townsend before Monday. I want to see him play this weekend in Salisbury!

Billy Rowell = Bust

Mahoney is 6'7 and weighs 255. He went 3 for 4 tonight with another HR. The kid is a BEAST. Get him up here and trade Wiggy. Let's see what he can do!!!!

Townsend moved up last night ... playing for Frederick tonight.

Wow, Mahoney is 3 for 3 so far tonight and it's only in the 5th inning. Three consecutive nights with 3 hits. Oh yeah, I forgot he hit ANOTHER HR tonight and a double with 4 RBI's.

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